Judge Axes DOL Wage Regs For Certain Domestic Workers

By Allissa Wickham (December 22, 2014, 7:06 PM EST) -- A District of Columbia federal judge on Monday vacated a new U.S. Department of Labor regulation barring third-party employers from claiming a minimum wage or overtime exemption for "companionship" domestic workers, as well as an overtime exemption for live-in employees, ruling the agency had overstepped its authority.

In a sternly worded opinion, U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon vacated the new regulation, which would have taken away the wage exemptions from third-party employers of domestic companionship and live-in workers, and was set to go into effect Jan. 1.

Although the agency was within its bounds to define certain terms in the...

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